WIth the culmination of our graduate Art Education program and NYU Steinhardt my classmates and I presented artwork that related to our individual theses. All of the work presented had an emphasis on social justice, with which our program is aligned, and contemporary art. It was amazing to see how far we’ve all come as both artists and educators. Official photos from the show can be found at the Barney Commons Blog and the Rosenberg Gallery Blog.
In short, my thesis dealt with gender, specifically the perpetuation of gender roles that have the potential to adversely affect women and girls. For the exhibition I presented all digital work. The videos I created played on continuous loop and can be found on YouTube:
But it was just A Few Small Nips…
My Artist Statement
USDA Certified: Inspected for Wholesomeness, Digital Photograph 4″x 6″ each
Video Compilation played on continuous loop: A Few Small Nips, A Worn Path (audio), Don’t Be a Sucker, Battle of the Bulges
(Click links to view individual videos: A Few Small Nips, A Worn Path, Don’t Be a Sucker, Battle of the Bulges)
Overall, I’d say the show was a success, and I could not have chosen a better group of humans to power through this transformative graduate experience with! Big thanks to everyone who came out to support the show and everyone who supported me emotionally through this grad school process 🙂
#slangalphabet is a collaborative project designed to incorporate modern slang into classroom activity and to create teachable moments through media. With #slangalphabet we used Tumblr, and easily accessible, popular blogging platform to collaboratively upload a malleable, contemporary version of the English alphabet. Each letter corresponds to a slang word or concept using a hashtag format. Corresponding imagery is used to emphasize the word. The imagery which is appropriated must be credited to its source. By crediting the imagery used we can better inform our students of the ethics of appropriation. By using slang words and imagery that is easily found on the internet we can create teachable moments about what is appropriate to use and upload on a public forum especially regarding the elimination of the perpetuation of negative stereotypes, internet bullying and harassment, racism, homophobia, sexism, and etc.
A Worn Path is an audio art piece I created to convey an exaggerated feeling of anxiety that can be felt by females often while simply walking down the street trying to get from point A to point B. Often when we leave our houses we become targets for male street harassment. The ogling, psst’ing, smooching, unwanted comments on our outfits and bodies, requests for smiles… being a woman who already suffers from anxiety sometimes it can be too much, and that’s what I wanted to convey with A Worn Path. All audio was appropriated from various sources and arranged to create a short narrative. We’ve all witnessed, experienced, or perpetrated street harassment at some level, A Worn Path is a vignette into my, her, your, and our collective experience.
The title A Worn Path is appropriated from Eudora Welty’s short story, which has long been a favorite of mine. Welty tells the story of Phoenix Jackson, an elderly African American woman in the deep South. A Worn Path is an allegorical tale of Phoenix making the obstacle laden trip into town from her home. Phoenix Jackson is a symbol of strength, resiliency, and sacrifice – a trail blazer, and one of my all time favorite characters in American literature.